20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport
Hello, today I’m going to write a super special post. I will tell you about a tour to southern Italy using public transport; I have often talked about the wonders of the south, other times I explained how difficult it is to take a tour with public transport in some areas of Italy. Well, difficult does not mean impossible, so I will indicate describe an itinerary that you can do using the train (even if it is not a high-speed one) or the bus, through southern Italy. 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport? Learn everything about food in our Food in Italy section! There you will find many tips and information about restaurants, typical foods, wines and much more. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
The tour that I will recommend will pass through Sicily, Calabria and Campania. It will be a twenty-day itinerary, twenty days in which, obviously, you will see a lot and, especially, you will get to know the best of the best and, for that, we will be forced to change hotels many times. ALSO SEE THE ITINERARY POST IN NORTHERN ITALY WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT.
The first step you need to know: luggage. You will have to adapt to the tour, so if you want to do it, necessarily the first thing to know is that you will not be able to bring much luggage, I am not advising you to travel only with a backpack, but if you bring two large suitcases, be aware that the tour will be very tiring and you will end up enjoying nothing.
If you are the type of person who likes to travel with great convenience, then in this case I advise you to do this tour all organized with the hotels and transfers from the hotels to the railway stations and vice versa, so you will have no problem with the luggage detail.
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The second step will be to check, when starting to organize your trip, if it is possible to buy your tickets online, so that you already have all the timetables scheduled, unfortunately I must tell you that you will often find out that this is not possible, just as it is not easy to find out the schedules of intercity or regional trains.
That is because in these regions you will hardly find high-speed trains and also because often regional tickets can be purchased online only in the week prior to your trip. If you are unable to find out the timetables online, I advise that upon arrival in each city, immediately check the train departure times at the train station for the next stage of the journey. Often, from one city to another, they have few departures each day, so it is super important to follow my advice to be able to travel peacefully, O.K.?
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In this post I will not specify the train times, because these zones change a lot according to the tourist season, so you will always have to consult the website of Trenitalia, O.K.? Did you know that Trenitalia is the main Italian company responsible the management of railway transport? Find out here What is the difference between trains in Italy?. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post How to buy a train ticket in Italy ?.
The second thing to do when arriving at each hotel, is to ask for the tourist map. Generally all hotels have tourist maps (free) for your city, so you can plan the main visits of each day. Keep in mind that you will have an average of one day for each city, so it is very important that you know exactly what you are going to visit each day, always considering that so many small towns and burgs can be visited in one day.
Obviously this visit will be brief, so if you want to increase the number of days for the main cities you can do it without problems, remembering that my goal is just to give you an idea of which cities are the best to visit and how to get from one city to another. It will obviously be up to you to decide if you want to use this itinerary, or decrease or increase the number of days.
Shall we start our itinerary? You will buy your airline ticket, obviously arriving at Palerm airport…
1) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – PALERMO
1st day: You will buy your ticket arriving at Palermo Airport (Find out here How to get from Palermo Airport to the Center). 1st day: arrival in Palermo. Going to the hotel. I advise you to start after visiting the center, strolling through the Salotto buono, via Libertà, Piazza Teatro Massimo, etc.). Overnight in Palermo
2) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – PALERMO
2nd day: Monreale – Palermo – Continuation of the day in Palermo, I advise you to visit Monreale in the afternoon, located a few kilometers from Palermo and known as the “city of kings”, very famous for its wonderful Norman Cathedral, and then , continue the visit to Palermo. Return to the hotel. (Where to sleep in Palermo?: Overnight in Palermo.
From Palermo there are several buses that go to Monreale. You can take the AMAT city bus number 109 that leaves from the square near the central station of Palermo, get off at Piazza Indipendenza and there take the Ast line that runs through Corso Calatafimi and will drop you off at Corso P. Novelli, more or less 200 meters from the Duomo, or take bus number 389 from Amat that will drop you off directly at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (Cathedral Square), that is, directly at the Cathedral of Monreale. WHAT TO DO IN A DAY IN PALERMO?
3) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport- AGRIGENTO
3rd day: Agrigento – Departure to Agrigento in the morning by intercity train or by bus, arriving in Agrigentoand I advise you, to visit first of all the famous archaeological park Valle dei Templi, which is the largest in the world and also a heritage site of UNESCO. Overnight in Agrigento. Read Where to sleep in Agrigento?
La Valle dei templi: open every day: 09:00 am-07:00 pm, Admission: € 10.00. Most city buses (1, 1 /, 2, 3, 3 /) departing from Piazzale Rossellii pass through Valle dei Templi. TIPS ON AGRIGENTO?
4) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – SIRACUSA
4th day: Siracusa – Breakfast at the hotel. The trip to Siracusa will not be so simple, there are few train departures from Agrigento and even then you will have to make some connections, so I would also advise you to try to go to the bus station, and try to find out if they have direct buses from Agrigento to Siracusa, I tried to get this information but I couldn’t find it, so the best option will be to leave with the train, that leaves at 01:00 pm and arrives at 05:40 pm (with 3 connections). Read: Where to sleep in Siracusa?
There are other timetables but this is the best one. If you prefer to avoid this stress (I think Vale dei Templi is an important part of the itinerary) another idea would be to take Agrigento off the itinerary and go by train directly from Palermo to Siracusa (much easier and faster). Or the best solution, in my opinion, would be to rent a car and make this journey with a car. TIPS ON SIRACUSA?
5) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – SIRACUSA
5th day: Siracusa – Full day at leisure in Siracusa to visit its wonderful historic center and to discover its stunning archaeological area (the Greek theater, still in use for classical performances, the famous “ear of Dionysus” etc.). Parco archeologico della Neapolis in Siracusa: open every day: 9:00 am – until sunset, admission: € 10.00.
6) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – SIRACUSA
6th day: Siracusa – Siracusa is certainly worth staying two days !! So you can enjoy every corner of the historic center of Ortigia !!
7) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – CATANIA
7th day: Catania – After breakfast, departure by train (always check the time in advance) to Catania. Visit the historic center. Overnight in Catania. TIPS ON CATANIA?
8) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – CATANIA – MOUNT ETNA
8th day: Mount Etna – Catania – I advise you to hire at your hotel, one of the many excursions to discover Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe! Overnight in Catania.
NOTE: The excursion on Mount Etna is not recommended for those who suffer from blood pressure condition, heart condition and asthma!
9) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – TAORMINA
9th day: Taormina – Departure to Taormina by train and full day to stroll in this super romantic city. Be sure to visit the main tourist attraction, the Greek theater, I guarantee it is worth a trip in Sicily just to see the theater, it is sublime! Overnight in Taormina. Teatro Greco di Taormina: open every day: 9 am – 7 pm, admission: € 8.00. NOTE: You can also choose to sleep in Catania (more economical) and go to Taormina the next day very early, by train, to spend the day and return. TIPS ON TAORMINA?
10) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – REGGIO CALABRIA
10th day: Taormina – Reggio Calabria – After breakfast, check-out and departure with the train to Reggio Calabria. Free day, I advise you in the morning to visit the archaeological museum, where are the famous “bronzes de Riace” statues, and in the afternoon to take the train (there are always several trains, but always remember to check the round trip times) to visit the Chianalea, known as the “Venice of the South”, which is on the list of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Overnight in Reggio. LET’S GET TO KNOW REGGIO DI CALABRIA?
11) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – AMALFI COAST
Day 11: Reggio Calabria – Salerno (Amalfi Coast) – Departure to Salerno by train. I advise you to leave with the first 8:00 am train, so that at 12:30 pm you can reach Salerno. Arrival and departure to the hotel. Leisure. You must decide whether to stay in Salerno and in the next two days to use the ferry boat or the SITA bus to do round-trip tours or you can decide to go on arrival directly to Amalfi, and from Amalfi to do the round-trip tours, that is, in the same day. IF YOU WANT A TOUR IN THE AMALFITAN COAST CONTACT ME!
12) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – AMALFI COAST
12th day: Amalfi Coast – Amalfi Coast. Click here and LET’S VISIT THE AMALFI COAST?
13) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – AMALFI COAST
13th day: Amalfi Coast – Amalfi Coast !!
14) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – NAPLES
14th day: Naples – Breakfast and departure to Naples. If you stayed directly in Salerno, just take the first train, if you preferred to stay in Amalfi you will have to take the SITA bus. Arrival in Naples. Free time to visit the historic center of Naples: Piazza Municipio, Maschio Angioino, Teatro San Carlo, Piazza Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Castle of the Egg, Mergellina. Overnight in Naples. TIPS ON NAPLES?
15) Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport? NAPLES (CAPRI)
15th day: Capri – Today I advise you to dedicate the day to visit Capri. Departure to the port and departure by ferry boat (departing all day) to tour the famous island of Capri, with its famous Piazzetta, its winding alleys, the Garden of Augustus (optional), full of trees and flower beds, where from the terrace you can enjoy a stunning view of the Faraglioni and the Piccola Marina. At the end of the day, return to Naples. TIPS ON CAPRI?
16) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – NAPLES(POMPEII)
16th day: Pompeii – Breakfast. Travel to Pompeii by train and visit the archaeological site, one of the most important in the world. You will visit the ruins and discover the infinite charm of the ancient Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Walking through the streets, among the temples, theaters, luxury villas of the aristocratic nobility and the small rooms and passages of serfs and slaves, public buildings, shops, one can imagine the scenario of everyday life in Roman times. Overnight in Naples. TIPS ON POMPEII?
17) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – NAPLES (ISCHIA)
17th day: Ischia – Today I advise you to dedicate the day to visit the island of Ischia, less famous than Capri, but of equal beauty. Departure to the port and departure with the ferry boat. Full day to stroll peacefully in Ischia. At the end of the day, return to Naples. TIPS ON ISCHIA?
18) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – NAPLES (CASERTA)
18th day: Palace of Caserta – Departure to Caserta with the train (always remember to check the round-trip timetables). Arriving in Caserta, just follow the signs for Reggia de Caserta, it is located a few meters away. A full day to stroll around the famous Palace and its gardens, this Palace is compared in beauty and importance to the Palace of Versailles, so obviously you can’t miss it! TIPS ON CASERTA?
19) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – NAPLES (PROCIDA)
19th day: Procida – Today I advise you to dedicate the day to visit the island of Procida, it is not so famous, but I guarantee it is worth it! Or spend the day in Naples shopping and resting. At the end of the day, return to Naples. TIPS ON PROCIDA?
20) 20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport – DEPARTURE
Day 20: Departure – Today you will take the flight or train to continue your journey through Italy, perhaps taking a trip to Rome, located two hours by train from Naples.
20 days Itinerary in southern Italy with public transport. That’s it, as you could see, it’s not impossible to make a route through the South with public transport, is it? I’m sure that you saw so much beauty during this time that you want to spend even more time touring Italy. There are still many places in southern Italy that are worth visiting, like so many places in Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata, but I have promised a twenty-day tour, and I was faithful to that.
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